Tuesday, May 05, 2015


News Links, May 5, 2015

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards ##
French Unemployment At New Record Highs: Whom Do They Blame?
China April HSBC PMI shows biggest drop in factory activity in a year
Bull market 'supercycle' for stocks, bonds ending: Bill Gross
Why The Powers That Be Are Pushing A Cashless Society
Russia is creating a $100 billion rival to the IMF
Wall Street's Back At It——-Turning Internet Loans Into Securitized Toxic Waste
The Collapse Of Cash
Robots About to Take Away 18 Million German Jobs, 59 Percent of Germany's Work Force?
France Restricts the Movement of Gold, Cash, & Crypto-Currencies
Australia cuts policy interest rate to record low

## Airline Death Spiral ##
Airlines bring in more money from bag, reservations fees
JAL to pour 100 billion yen into new computer systems

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
In the face of Islamic State successes, al-Qaida adapts, grows stronger
Coalition Dropping US-Made Cluster Bombs on Yemen
Saudi Arabia searching for next step in Yemen campaign
Saudi-led alliance hits airbase in Yemen's Sanaa: residents
Arab coalition 'reconnaissance' troops land in Yemen
With helicopter gunships hovering overhead, at least 20 troops from a Saudi-led Arab coalition came ashore Sunday in the southern port city of Aden on what military officials called a "reconnaissance" mission, as fighting raged between Iranian-backed Shiite rebels and forces loyal to the nation's exiled president.
Situation in Yemen Unchanged Weeks Into Air War
Ukraine Attacks Donetsk People's Republic With Tanks, Grenade Launchers
U.S. warships accompany British commercial vessels in Strait of Hormuz: Pentagon
The War Party Is Trying To Fake Another Gulf Of Tonkin—-The Phony Maersk Tigris Incident
NATO countries begin anti-submarine exercises in Sweden
Mexican drug cartel retaliates violently to anti-crime government effort
Nearly 6,000 migrants rescued at sea in Mediterranean in one weekend
Iran Nuclear Deal: Israel 'Hysteria' Downplayed By John Kerry, US Secretary of State Says Israel Safer With Deal Than Without
Around 7,000 Europe-bound migrants rescued, baby girl born on Italian navy ship
Russia unveils the Krasnodar — what it claims will be 'the quietest submarine in the world'
Russian Missile Sale to Iran Involves Unseen Deals With Israel
Iran Remains a U.S. Enemy Because Military Contractors Want It That Way
Afghan poppy farmers say new seeds will boost opium output
Report Cites Shift in Israeli War Doctrine

## Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks ##
Police, Demonstrators Clash In Tel Aviv During Anti-Racism Protest Sparked By Soldier's Beating
Baltimore Riots: Poll Finds 96% Expect More Racially-Charged Unrest Nationwide
96 Percent Of Americans Expect More Civil Unrest In U.S. Cities This Summer
German train drivers start five-day strike; longest yet in increasingly bitter wage dispute

## Energy/resources ##
Statoil reports $4.67 billion 1Q loss following US shale write-downs
Another rig company stumbles
One of the largest rig services companies in the world, Diamond Offshore Drilling, said Monday it lost $256 million during the first quarter of the year.
It doesn't matter. Biofuels will never be produced on a scale large enough to prop up industrial civilization. -- RF
There, you see? It is just as I have been saying all along: There will never, ever be enough money for decommissioning. Worldwide, it's going to be Chernobyl hundreds of times over. -- RF
Full Metal Racket: Metal Thieves Take On The Water Industry
As the metals market heats up, metal theft has become a frequent headache for water utilities.

## Got food? ##
Migrant workers in slave-like conditions, ABC's Four Corners reports
Food supplied to Australia's biggest supermarkets and fast food chains is being processed or picked by migrant workers in slave-like conditions, it has been reported.
How to Produce 6,000 Pounds of Food in Small Spaces: Small scale farming will feed the world

## Environment/health ##
Decline of herbivores harmful to ecosystems
Amid drought, the West is no place for a lawn, as Nevada has learned
The federal government's finances are an "unauditable" mess. The government flunked the audit in the worst possible way! Again!!
Keep in mind that hydrogen is not an energy source. -- RF

## China ##
Troubled waterways: canals take the strain of London's housing crisis
As property prices rise, more people are opting to live on boats, putting pressure on the capital's waterways and nearby communities

## The Clintons ##
State: No evidence of conflict in Clinton Foundation gifts
The State Department said Monday it has no evidence that any actions taken by Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton when she was secretary of state were influenced by donations to the Clinton Foundation or former President Bill Clinton's speaking fees.
Study: Optimism Is Overrated

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